Krieky Bones
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #94
Ranked #1,014
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Nov 30, 2023
Jul 12, 2014
Perhaps it was a way to motivate us into producing beer, or maybe it was a desperate hint at a Birthday gift. Either way, David Walker cornered us one day and asked for a sour cherry fermented beer for his 50th birthday. Nothing more was said, but we took note and the opportunity to create something new. On the occasion of David’s golden jubilee, we celebrate his mid-life mortality check with Walker’s Krieky Bones! This beer begins its life as a Flanders Red style beer aged eight months in a 2200 gallon French Oak Foeder, sour cherries were added and allowed a secondary fermentation. The aroma is of cherry pie complete with flavors of piecrust and spicy notes. Vienna malt notes give way to assertive acidity and firm carbonation to finish. A santé and happy 50th birthday David!
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft at PreFunk. Body, orange/ pink, ruby, soft, substantial head. Aroma is funk and cherries. Taste is fruity , tart(mild), sweet and tangy. Deep, rich body, wonderful feel. Kriek taken over to the wild side.
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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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I picked this one up on a whim while in Chicago despite the fact I was shopping for mostly Chicago beer. Evidently I’ve had it marked as a want for a long time, so I’m happy to finally make early 2019 me proud. Let’s pop it open and see what it’s all about

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3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
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Quite the battle to remove the cork. An aggressive pour resulted in....nothing. This is a still beer at this point. Still maintains an attractive ruby color that lets some light shine through. Aroma has degraded. It's musty, and that's about all I can say about it. As far as taste, the cherries have somehow survived, and maybe even thrived. Clear cherry taste, and it doesn't have that cough syrup artificiality that you sometimes get. It's one dimensional at this point, but that's my fault for waiting so long to drink it. Overall, still drinkable, but a mistake on my part to not have enjoyed this one years ago.
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Reviewed by TheBrewsClues from California

4.46/5  rDev +3%
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4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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